Searching for a Way to Broaden Internet Access for Indigenous Brazilians

By Dialogo
January 22, 2009

Digital inclusion programs in Brazil are looking for ways to ‎provide total Internet access to the 180 ethnic groups that live within the national ‎territory, in spite of the fact that 20% of Brazilian tribes are already connected, ‎participants of the Campus Party Brasil 2009 stated today. ‎ Today programmer Anapuaka Muniz Pataxo, one of eight aboriginals from villages in the ‎states of Paraíba and Bahía who participated in the second Brazilian session of computer ‎specialists and cybernauts camp, today promoted the digital inclusion of the native towns ‎of Brazil. ‎ ‎“Our clothing may be different, but our interest in technology is not. We want to acquire ‎the knowledge to extend the Internet into the villages,” said Muniz Pataxo, the only ‎indigenous participant in the first Brazilian session of the event created in Spain in 1997. ‎ The native leader lives in Río de Janeiro, but carries out digital inclusion programs with ‎the northern and northeast tribes of Brazil. ‎ ‎“The Internet is not just a social entertainment network. It is also a network of ‎knowledge. We want to take advantage of the positive things that the Internet can offer ‎us. Digital ‘smoke signals’ need to be part of the natives’ everyday life,” he said. ‎ For Muniz Pataxo, the Internet is a useful instrument in the propagation of indigenous ‎culture. ‎ The Campus Party, which arrived in Latin America last year with its Brazilian and ‎Colombian sessions, will gather around 6,000 participants between last Monday and next ‎Sunday in the “Imigrantes” Exhibitions Center in Sao Paulo.‎
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